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[verb oh-ver-yooz; noun oh-ver-yoos]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·used, o·ver·us·ing.
  1. to use too much or too often: to overuse an expression.
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  1. excessive use: to strain one's voice through overuse.
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Origin of overuse

First recorded in 1670–80; over- + use
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  • And the overused "editorial we" has now passed entirely from the news article.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • The voice will keep, and it will be sweeter and fresher if it is not overused in childhood.

  • His voice was sensitive to liquids, but he overused the word "glorious."

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Also, he comes to know the full meaning of that overused and abused word—service.

Word Origin and History for overused



also over-use, 1862, from over- + use (n.).

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